Woman Delivering a Letter; Parody of Rikiya Delivering Kaoyo's Letter to Yuranosuke at the ichiriki Teahouse in Act VII of Chûshingura

見立忠臣蔵七段目

Japanese
Edo period
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban; 33.1 x 22.8 cm (13 1/16 x 9 in.)

Accession Number

21.6954

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Possibly one sheet of an incomplete triptych
The woman reaching for the letterbox wears an apron (suggesting that she is a teahouse waitress) with the emblem of Ôboshi Yuranosuke, the main hero of the Chûshingura story. She carries a fan with the “kangiku” crest of the Sawamura acting family, but no actors are shown in this sheet; however, if it is one sheet of a triptych, they may have been on the missing sheets.

Signed

Toyokuni ga
豊国画

Markings

Censor's seal: kiwame
No publisher's mark
改印:極
版元:なし

Provenance

Given by Frank Lloyd Wright to William S. and John T. Spaulding; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection